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2013 Annual Report
Leadership Message Financials Gift Highlights Sport Highlights Hall of Fame
Memorial Stadium - Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza

In Fiscal Year 2013

In August of 2012, Cal Athletics unveiled the newly renovated California Memorial Stadium (pictured above). This much celebrated project was the direct result of the generosity of the Cal Athletics community. The renovation featured several highlights, some of which— like the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza and the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, are innovative environments that serve our greater campus community year round. Others, like the Peter E. Haas Press Box and the University, Stadium and Field premium clubs and seats—were designed to elevate the fan experience while maintaining the traditional feel of viewing a game at Memorial. After 30 months of project time, 640 days of construction, 50,000 cubic yards of concrete, 14 million pounds of steel and 134 new trees planted, the magnificent outcome of the renovated California Memorial Stadium gifted Berkeley with a much enhanced hub for student and community activity.
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In an annual event honoring the memory of Jillian Costello, Cal student-athletes across all sports participated in the 4th Annual Jog for Jill, which benefits the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. All proceeds from the event, which carries the name and spirit of a former coxswain for the Cal women's crew program, Jill Costello, who passed away from lung cancer in 2010, go directly to research and Lung Cancer awareness movements. The jog, which takes place on several college campuses each year, is a moving tribute to one of California’s truest daughters and makes a tremendous difference in the fight against cancer.  Jog for Jill
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 J Torchio and Carol Kavanagh Clarke Annually, the Bear Backer Luncheon—which was held last year on February 19, 2013, at the Claremont Resort and Spa—recognizes the outstanding generosity and volunteerism of our donor community. The event affords an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of our student-athletes and give thanks to those who help shape the future of Cal Athletics through their support. Each year, four awards are given out to honor Bear Backers who’ve made notable investments of time and money in Cal Athletics.

In 2013, the Cal Spirit Award, which recognizes an alumnus who exemplifies the pride and passion of our Golden Bear community, went to former Cal football quarterback J Torchio. Kirsten Hextrum, a Golden Bear rower and two-time national champion, was honored with the young alumni honor, the Cub of the Year Award. The Golden Bear of the Year award, which recognizes outstanding volunteer endeavors, went to Bob Lalanne, a member of the Cal JV football team. And for her phenomenal and comprehensive commitment to the Cal Athletics mission, her gifts to the Hellman Tennis Campaign and establishment of the Stacy Savides Sullivan Scholarship for women’s tennis, former Cal tennis star Stacy Savides Sullivan earned the Bear of the Year award.
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On March 28, 2013, thanks to the generosity of the Cal baseball community, Evans Diamond hosted its first night game following a $2.25 million project to install lights and a new scoreboard. The night game signaled a game change for the baseball program. In addition to the scheduling flexibility created to allow student-athletes to maximize class and study time, the upgrades give Cal increased opportunity to be televised by the Pac-12 Networks to be eligible to host NCAA Tournament contests in Berkeley. Cal baseball's first game under the lights
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 The 2013 graduating class for the women's crew had 100% participation in the senior gift campaign The 2013 graduating class for the women's crew had 100% participation in the senior gift campaign, making a collective gift back to the women's crew program at their banquet.
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In a multifaceted effort to support student-athletes, David Eckles MBA ’73 asked the Cal Athletics community to step up and take the Eckles Challenge. The Eckles Challenge campaign, which also included two new annual scholarships and a generous gift to the Athletic Study Center, ran from June 1-30, 2013. The strategic effort, which aimed to motivate new, renewed and lapsed donors to give before the end of the fiscal year, raised $424,119.95 from 1,163 gifts.  The Eckles Challenge raised $424,119.95 from 1,163 gifts.
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 Richard N. Goldman High Performance Zone The Richard N. and Rhoda H. Goldman Philanthropic Fund, a longtime supporter of the University of California, Berkeley and Cal Athletics, has had a transformational impact on the campus and surrounding community. At the end of the 2012 calendar year, after sixty years and nearly $700 million distributed to charitable causes, the Fund made its final gifts—one of which fulfilled a generous grant to the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, in accordance of the wishes of the late Richard Goldman. Cal Athletics is honored to have been included in the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund’s philanthropic efforts and to continue the legacy of the Goldman family through the Richard N. Goldman High-Performance Zone, a true embodiment of our high performance principle and mission of excellence.
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Fiscal year 2013 saw the launch of Scholarship Row, the new men’s basketball courtside seating incentive program at Haas Pavilion. In an effort to celebrate the generosity of our annual scholarship donors, Cal Athletics reserved the courtside seats on the sideline for those Bear Backers who support our student-athletes by funding new annual athletic scholarships for a four-year commitment. New annual scholarships as part of this reporting year’s Scholarship Row program include the Dustin and Melissa Harder Football Scholarship and the Oppenheim-Slagle Scholarship for men’s golf.  Scholarship Row courtside seating program was launched
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